NEVER BE LIMITED

NEVER BE LIMITED...

Defining myself, as opposed to being defined by others, is one of the most difficult challenges I face.
— – Carol Moseley-Braun

You know there’s a social norm that is endemic in society, that when you get to a certain age you should retire. That there’s a cut off point to your worth to the social construct. That at the age of 50, 60 onwards you need to put down the plough shares and go lie down in a hammock or nursing home cause your more or less spent. 

HELL NO

That is so short-sighted and in truth insulting that it makes my blood boil.

Hey at the age of 53 (yeah i’m fifty-three) I’ve just begun.

My daughter’s all raised, I have two gorgeous grandsons; I own my own home and hubby and me still are active and healthy so why shouldn’t we plunge into the next new adventure! 

If anyone knows me they would know that my passion has always been photography. I pottered around it for years cause as a single mum for the first 13 years of my daughters life I had to prioritise her welbeing and stability.(a girl has to do what a girl has to do). 

Then I met the man of my dreams and got married. So now I was a wife AND mother. Then 3 years on I became a reluctant grandmother. So again my role changed and my dreams sat on the back burner. Now and again there was the spurt of creativity and imputus to get out the camera but by then my confidence had been shot to hell. 

WAKE UP CALL

My wake up call came when my younger brother died. No one wants to lose a family member to cancer but certainly not your baby brother. His death shook me to the core and more so cause I didn’t even know he had bowel cancer. It was the start of my waking up to the fragility of life and impartiality of time. 

Never be limited by other people’s limited imaginations.
— - Dr. Mae Jemison, first African-American female astronaut

Sometime in life the Universe knocks on your door and says FOR GOD SAKE WAKE UP, and you gotta wake up and discover and live the authenic you, regardless of what it costs or whose nose gets out of joint. You can’t allow tradition, culture, society etc., to dictate who or what you are; you owe it to yourself and the Universe to be the REAL YOU in this life before you are embraced by the cold dark earth. 

CONCLUSION

Don’t listen to the nay-sayers, the negative Nancy’s and the jealous Julia’s; get off your butt and start a new chapter of your Life. and make the rest of your Life the BEST of YOUR LIFE.

 

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